How to Beat Dental Anxiety Once and For All


Dental Anxiety is the kryptonite to many a healthy smile. Studies commonly find that around 60% of people suffer from some form of dental anxiety, otherwise known as odontophobia. This can mean anything from feeling a worry about what may happen behind surgery doors to a full blown fear that leaves the patient paralysed at the tiniest thought of being near a dental surgery. Dental anxiety is a very real thing. If you are suffering then it is important to understand that you are certainly not alone.


How to Beat Dental Anxiety Once and For All

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So How Can We Help Those With Dental Phobia?

Our team at Bamboo Dental in Cardiff sat down with several sufferers of dental phobia and discussed the methods and practices that they use to keep calm and to get through their dental appointment with as little stress as possible. A wide range of ideas to calm yourself down were shared amongst the group and we have collated them here. They may just be able to help you too!


Choosing the Upwards Spiral

We recently shared an article in which we discussed the best way to deal with dental anxiety. This involved choosing the upwards spiral in the way you take action against this crippling fear. This concept covers a difficult decision that anyone with a fear of the dentist will have to make. At this decision point you either tackle the issue head on or you avoid it and put off your phobia until a later date.


Downwards Spiral

The downwards spiral comes into action the second you choose not to visit the dentist. Those initial dental problems that caused you some discomfort will eventually grow into critical problems that may not only be a lot more painful and require a lot more work done at the dentist but you could also end up with long lasting damage to your smile. Don’t let it get to this point.


How to Cope With Fear at the Dentist

Now you’ve realised that the only way to overcome this phobia is to face it head on and get yourself down to the dental clinic there are a few things you can do to make it easier for yourself. Here’s our top tips on fear reducing tactics you can use to help on your next dental visit.


1. Distract Yourself with Music

man using headphones to help his dental anxiety

One very common concept is to distract yourself by listening to your favourite tunes. You can do this both in the waiting room and in the dental chair in many surgeries whilst receiving treatment. It is often in the waiting room that anticipation starts to build so that’s a great time to pop in your ear phones and take your mind off to a calmer place.


2. Meditation Could Calm Your Dental Phobia!

Woman meditating to avoid dental phobia

Meditation is used by so many nowadays. It is a practice that can help you in various areas of your life but most importantly in quieting the racing thoughts of your mind and dissolving that anxious mindset into one of calmness and freedom. Practicing meditation for just 10 minutes a day has been scientifically proven to actually change the composition of the brain. You will be more ready to deal with any worries and stay calm in times of fear.


3. What About When You Are in the Surgery?

tv in dental surgery

Some dentists install televisions onto the ceiling of the surgery like shown here. They are used primarily to give the patient something to take their minds away from the dental procedure taking place whilst they are actually in the dental chair.


4. Your Dentist Can Ease Your Dental Phobia


Perhaps the most effective way to get through your dental phobia is to sit down and talk about it with your dentist. He has seen many patients with similar fears and so is in the bet position to help you through it. Having him or her understand exactly what is troubling you will give them the best knowledge to make things as smooth as possible for you in your visit to the dental clinic.


5. Get Spiritual

mediations to avoid dental anxiety

Your senses are critical to how you get through your dental anxiety. In order to take a spiritual stance on dental fear you should focus everything on the environment. First take your mind and put your thoughts onto the environment you are in rather than the situation. Now as you sit in the chair start to feel the firmness of it, feel your weight on the chair itself and the air touching your skin. Listen to all of the sounds around you or the absence of sound itself. Before long you’ll realise that concentrating on these external factors will take you into a trance like state that moves your thoughts entirely away from the dental procedure itself!


6. Take it Out on that Stress Ball

stress ball used to beat dental fear

When feeling immense stress there needs to be a way for you to release it. Imagine taking the force of anxiety you feel during your dental treatment and pushing it all out through one tight squeeze of that stress ball. Although a very simple tool, don’t overlook this as it has been a tried and tested method for many odontophobia sufferers.


Private Dentist Culture


British Oral Reputation And The Private Dentist

There seems to be quite the reputation regarding the British concerning one thing; Bad teeth. As more and more people get treatment from private dentists this is a reputation that is getting very outdated very quickly.

Here are some interesting facts. We’re not so far behind America.

With the media putting focus a lot of focus on a “Hollywood” smile it’s no wonder people are going to a private dentist. Magazines, adverts and all forms of media are talking about oral hygiene and health. We, as British people are becoming more aware of our smiles and that’s a good thing!

The limits of the NHS

The NHS, whilst extremely valuable at times, are limited in what they can and will do. It seems as if unless a treatment is absolutely necessary they are happy to leave it. This is why private dentists are becoming so popular. Oral health is not only important in regards to physical health but well being and mental health as well. This is why many people are going to a private dentist; to fix something that will improve their quality of life in every aspect.

Private dentists can usually accommodate needs a lot more as they are able to perform most treatments at a time that suits you. We are open 7 days a week with long hours. They are able to offer cosmetic treatment in a hassle and judgement free space. A lot of NHS dental practices rarely accept new patients and some places have waiting lists for up to a year. There are horror stories we see each week about how people couldn’t get appointments or emergency treatments.

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People in severe pain can struggle to find appointments.

The Private Dentist Influx

This is why the private dentist trend is booming. Whilst cost might put people off a lot of private dental firms aren’t as pricey as you might think. For example, here at Bamboo dental we offer 0% finance over 12 or 24 months for any treatment over £350. That is as little as a phone plan for some treatments.

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The mindset is changing. Our British “Stiff upper lip” has always been ingrained into our culture – often to our disadvantage. We often leave problems hanging until they are absolutely unbearable. It’s the same with oral health. Cosmetic treatments are often ignored completely by the NHS and and braces not given unless the teeth are extremely wonky. That culture is changing; The stigma to fix a broken smile cosmetically or for health reasons is almost non existent. The focus on oral health and treatment is becoming more available to everyone through media, articles and all other forms of news. Thus allowing a more informed choice and contributing the influx of people going to a private dentist!


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Gum Disease Symptoms and Prevention


Gum disease is likely to be experienced by everyone to some degree during their lives. It can truly impact your smile if you don’t keep an eye out for the signs. That being said, gum disease is actually very easily to kept bay. As long as you stick to a positive daily dental health routine then your gums and smile should have the best chance of staying healthy in the future.

Let’s Talk About Gum Disease.

Gum disease can come in several different forms, some of which are more alarming than others and will require a much longer time to treat. At the low end of the scale is a mild form of gum disease, often known as gingivitis. This is a type of gum disease where your gums can become swollen and sore. The usual cause of this is the build up of plaque on the edges of the teeth. Plaque can easily be built up on your teeth if you fail to remove it every day. The plaque contains bacteria that irritates your gums causing inflammation and subsequently, gingivitis.


Don’t Ignore Gingivitis

It may be the mildest form of gum disease but it certainly should not be overlooked. Left to it’s own devices, gingivitis has the ability to evolve into a much more severe condition – periodontitis. Once at this stage your gums will be infected badly which can result in further damage to the surrounding bones and other tissues. As a result of this, your teeth lose the structure that holds them in place which can result in tooth loss.


Common Signs of Gum Disease

The first thing to take note of is that it is entirely possible to have no symptoms at all and yet still have gum disease. The pain from gum disease is mild in most cases and sometimes not present at all. This outlines a key reason for you visiting your dentist at least every six months for check ups.


Common symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Persistent bad breath 
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Sores in your mouth
  • Pain whilst chewing


Who is at the Biggest Risk of Gum Disease?

As gum disease is the result of plaque build up on the teeth, and everyone gets plaque on their teeth, then anyone can get gum disease. There are, however, a few factors that can greatly increase your risk. These include:

  • Smoking
  • Emotional stress
  • Diabetes
  • Poor diet
  • Obeseity

Studies have shown a strong correlation between gum disease and general health issues. Experts also think there is a hereditary factor involved with gum disease. This means that should gum disease run in your family then you may also be more prone to developing it. 


How Can You Prevent the Risks of Developing Gum Disease?

The most significant thing you can do to prevent developing gum disease is to take regular action in removing plaque from your teeth. Here are some easy daily practices you can follow to keep on top of your dental health:

  • You should ensure that you brush your teeth two times a day. This should include brushing just before you go to bed so that your teeth are super clean throughout the night. If you are unsure of the best way to clean your teeth then please ask your dentist for advice. Bamboo offer a special hygienist service to help give your teeth a thorough clean and give you any advice that you may need.
  • Use the correct toothbrush and in the correct manner. Electric toothbrushes are often considered best at removing plaque, however you can always ask your dentist for more personalised advice.
  • Floss daily. So many people overlook flossing yet you miss cleaning a huge portion of your teeth in doing so. Whats more is that those areas you miss are the areas most likely to be housing lodged food particles, the exact thing you need to remove!
  • Avoid smoking. Giving up this habit will help to reduce the chance of getting gum disease as well as giving your health an overall benefit in many other areas.
  • Visit your dentist every six months for a check up. This enables them to spot the subtle early signs of gum disease and advise you accordingly.

If you have any concerns about gum disease or dental health in general then please get in touch with us or give the Bamboo Dental team a quick call on 029 2056 9769.


Common Teeth Straightening Myths Debunked


Conflicting information soaks up much of the internet like an unintentional game of Chinese Whispers. We are often asked very similar questions about teeth straightening that are simply not true yet seem to circulate conversion regularly. Here we’ll go through some of the most common untruths we hear. It’s time to get to the bottom of the teeth straightening myths working their way around the world!

Common Teeth Straightening Myths Debunked

#1 Only children and teenagers wear braces.

There is an image many hold in their mind of the stereotypical teenager, complete with messy hair and train track braces. The truth is that private dentistry accommodates for both adult and teenagers nowadays. In fact, more and more adults are opting for braces to correct cosmetic issues.

I key reason for the large influx in adults seeking teeth straightening is the development of more discreet looking braces that are barely noticeable unless you get up super close.


#2 Veneers are a fast alternative to braces.

In some cases this could be true, however, in only in the idea that it is a quicker way to get a tip top smile. This does come with some caveats though. Some people will find that their teeth are particularly crooked and in those cases some work may be needed on your teeth before the veneers can be fitted to your teeth. This can mean that you even need your teeth straightened prior to you having your veneers being fitted. In other circumstances you may need some tooth preparation in the form of shaving down of the teeth. This creates a gap around the tooth for the veneer to fit on to.


#3 Braces take too long to straighten teeth!

With today’s technology this is not necessarily true. One of our most popular treatment is the Six Month Smiles braces system. Yes, you guessed it, it can straighten your teeth in just six months (sometimes less!). This is about one third of the time that orthodontic treatment used to take and in the big scheme of things is not too long at all. If you require very little movement then alternative treatments such as the Inman Aligner can be used to correct the tooth position in even less time.



#4 Wearing braces will feel uncomfortable and look bad.

It will always feel odd having something like a brace in your mouth. However, with new technological advancements, you won’t necessarily be feeling discomfort. Within a short term you’ll get used to the feeling and likely forget that you even have the braces in. Now to tackle the myth of the brace looking bad. You may have heard of invisible braces or clear aligners. These are a type of teeth straightening, such as Invisalign, which are completely transparent and almost invisible to the eye. Even fixed braces can now come in tooth coloured varieties so that they are as discrete as possible.


#5 Once my teeth are straightened, they’re good for life.

Sadly this is not the case at all. If left to their own devices your teeth will most likely start to move back to their original position. This is easily prevented though. After treatment you’ll be given a retainer which keeps your teeth in place and you can wear that over night. An alternative is to get a fixed retainer which is placed behind the teeth and permanently holds your teeth in place. A lot of people avoid wearing their retainer and feel that their teeth are special and will not retreat to their old position. After some time they often regret the decision and may need further orthodontic work to get their new smile back on track.


Dental Implants and How They Can Impact Lives


A life with missing teeth or loose dentures can be a very frustrating one. We truly feel for patients who are going through these issues as it can not only knock their confidence but can cause stress performing every day tasks too. The good thing is that it doesn’t have to be this way. There is a solution in the form of dental implants that has been able to positively impact countless lives since their inception.

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Change Your Life Today With Dental Implants

First things first, if you haven’t heard about dental implants before then let us enlighten you on these little pieces of magic. Okay, so it’s not magic but they do theoretically allow you to have your ‘third set of teeth’. That is, you get to have a new set of permanent teeth that both look and feel just like real teeth. Without getting too technical, they work by surgically inserting a titanium post into the jaw bone, essentially creating a strong and durable structure for a crown to be placed on top. The results are fantastic and allow those who seek it the freedom they desire. Not everyone is a suitable candidate for dental implants but for those that are, they are certainly something worth looking in to.


Why Should You Even Consider Replacing Missing Teeth Anyway?

Well, dental implants are not for everyone. Some people may be just fine with gaps or loose dentures. However, for those losing hope of a better life, implants can lend you a guiding hand to a happier existence. Here’s some reasons why:


How You Look Changes How You Feel.

Without sounding superficial it is completely true that when you make an effort to look good, you feel much more confident and happier in yourself. Ever remember getting a really good haircut one day and walking down the street with this extra air of confidence? You begin to walk the world with ease when you know that you are looking on point. So you can imagine how something as distinct as your smile could impact your mood massively if it isn’t looking the part.

These feelings often progress deeper into your life. You may try to avoid social situations or certain events that you’ll have to talk at for worry people will judge your missing tooth. This can have serious effects on your life that can not only lead to a loss of confidence but the presence of depression too.


Your Dental Health Can be Affected.

Your teeth and structure of the mouth are all perfectly synchronised for their every day use and health. This has been an evolutionary process. So, it is not surprising that upsetting the structure of your teeth can have drastic effects on the other teeth still left in your mouth. As you now have a new gap in your smile, your once healthy, straight teeth have a space to twist and lean in to. This is likely to happen after such simple tasks as chewing your food each day. The result is a domino effect worsen the teeth that you still had left and creating more complex dental issues in the future.


A ‘Hole’ Load of Discomfort

Excuse the pun but with a gap or hole where your tooth used to be, a lot of discomfort could be on the horizon. Exposed gum tissue is not built for hard foods to crush in to. The same goes for unfixed dentures. They can click and make embarrassing noises as you try relentlessly to consume those foods that once gave you so much pleasure. A simple dental implant can fix the gap in your smile or fix down that denture permanently allowing you the freedom you should deserve.


Top 8 Tips to Healthier Teeth and Gums


The alarm clock jolts you out of bed. You head to the bathroom and reach blurry eyed towards your toothbrush and the random half squeezed tube of toothpaste that was half price in the local supermarket. You brush with haste, time is tight. Next, a quick cup of coffee and a slice of toast before the front door shuts and the car door opens.This is the dental health routine of many people living a hectic lifestyle with too little time to think about whether what they are doing is right or wrong. It’s time to take control of your dental health. So, we’re here to give you some top tips to healthier teeth and gums that won’t need you to move the earth to fit into your lifestyle.

Top 8 Tips to Healthier Teeth and Gums

1. Drink water with meals.

A glass of water with a meal is the ideal companion for healthy teeth and gums. As you eat your delicious Sunday roast, little fragments of food will become lodged in between your teeth. If you keep a glass of water on standby then as you take a sip you can wash out the debris with every gulp.

Another advantage to grabbing yourself a glass of water is that it substitutes choosing another drink such as sugary drinks that will only add more danger to your teeth.

2. Make floss your new best friend.

If you miss flossing then you miss cleaning all of those small areas between your teeth. Believe it or not, those areas cover 35% of your teeth surfaces. So reach for that floss and give your teeth a full body clean. If you don’t, then you risk leaving bits of food between those gnashers that will eventually turn to plaque and damage your enamel.


3. Chew sugar-free gum.

As long as your chewing gum is sugar-free it can be a brilliant on the go aid to cleaning your teeth. The gum effectively dislodges food particles stuck on and in between your teeth. Best used after eating, the fibrous texture will work wonders to keeping your teeth in good form.


4. Choose the right toothpaste.

There’s lots of types of toothpaste displayed out on the supermarket shelves with tempting tag lines and promises. They key ingredient you need to look for is fluoride. With a good fluoride toothpaste you should be on the right tracks. Why is fluoride such an important substance? Fluoride plays the role of preventing tooth decay. It does this by bolstering the tooth’s resistance to acid attacks caused by plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. Not only this but it also helps to reverse early decay.


5. Don’t rinse after brushing.

If you rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth then you risk washing out any excess fluoride that could be working wonders for your teeth (see number 4). This is the case whether you are rinsing with water or mouthwash. Therefore a better option for you would be to actually swish the residue toothpaste around your mouth before spitting it out. If you like to use mouth wash then do this before brushing unless it is a fluoride mouthwash which you can use after. Although, speak to your dentist before deciding which type of mouth wash to use as using a fluoride mouthwash when you already have enough fluoride through your toothpaste and water can lead to fluorosis.


6. Don’t get sentimental with your toothbrush.

Did you notice that your toothbrush is looking a little worse for wear? The fine bristles are curved and tired. The colour may have even started to fade. Well, it is recommended not even to wait for these types of signs before changing your toothbrush or toothbrush head. In fact you should look to change it every 2-3 months to avoid micro-bacterial build up deep in the bristles.


7. Check in every six months.

Be sure to attend regular appointments at your dentist. It is recommended to do this every six months, even if you feel fine. Why? Because a dental issue found early is easy and usually painless to treat. If you wait longer then problems can snowball into serious dental issues that will not be so easily addressed.


8. Don’t ignore your tongue.

Your tongue is a BIG part of your mouth, so don’t ignore cleaning it! Most toothbrushes now have a tooth scraper on the reverse side. If yours doesn’t then you can pick one up for very little money. use it to maintain the cleanliness of your mouth and to limit the risks of bad breath.

Now the key is to plan your daily routine and stick to it for 3 weeks so that it can become a habit that you perform every day without needing to think about it. So get to work and get those teeth and gums back to their best!


How You Could Transform Your Smile This Year


It seems like every person in the public eye has a perfect set of bright white teeth. They weren’t born with those, they just knew the importance of their smile. You see, the way your teeth look are a huge factor that is taken into account when meeting a person for the first time. This is why those in the public eye have gone to such lengths to make sure that their pearly whites look the absolute best that they can. As with many celebrity trends, this idea has moved its way down to the general public. More and more people every day are sporting beautiful, straight smiles and looking better than ever. The perfect smile is now something that just can’t be overlooked. Not only for the self confidence it can give you but for the ongoing health benefits too.

It’s Time to Join the Smile Elite

The smile elite are those that walk around proud, gleaming with confidence. They are the people who can’t wait to share laughter and fun. They are the people that were willing to take a step to making themselves the best self they could be. And that all starts with contemplating what your smile means to you. The first thing you need to do is acknowledge how you feel about your smile. Perhaps you’re already happy with how it looks, in which case thats brilliant! If not then there are options for you whether your dissatisfaction be anything from discolouration to crooked or even missing teeth.


How Could You Transform Your Smile?

Let’s look into some of the options you have when looking to take your smile to the next level. There are several options that are fitting for different needs and desires. 


Straighten Up That Smile

Teeth straightening has been around for a very long time but has progressed tremendously with the increased demand for cosmetic dentistry. Long gone are the days when metal train track braces were the only solution. In fact, they are pretty much extinct at Bamboo. Depending on your needs, we can offer super fast teeth straightening, invisible teeth straightening or very short term straightening for those with little movement needed.


Super Fast Teeth Straightening

With Six Month Smiles, you guessed it, you can have your straight teeth ready in just 6 months (sometimes less). This revolutionary teeth straightening system comes in the form of a fixed brace yet it is nothing like the old metal fixed braces you may remember from school. Six Month Smiles is tooth coloured with clear brackets which makes them discreet and hard to notice. Dr Dan at Bamboo is the leading provider of Six Month Smiles in Wales. This has given him the title of Elite Provider. The enormous amount of cases he performs each month mean that his skills are tip top, enabling him to straighten out teeth with precision and speed. This treatment is best placed for those that prefer to have a shorter treatment time over having an invisible teeth straightening solution.


Straighten Teeth Under the Radar

Invisalign is the perfect teeth straightening solution for those selfie conscious people concerned about people noticing their braces. This removable aligner system allows you to not only straighten teeth invisibly but you can even remove the aligners to eat or for special occasions. The only downside is that the treatment time is a little longer than Six Month Smiles, being more like 12 to 24 months.


Don’t Forget Veneers

Cosmetic veneers are the centre-piece of many super sparkling celebrity smiles. They can be fitted through four appointments over one month and can truly present a spectacular transformation. With cosmetic veneers, most people opt for a style that looks similar to normal teeth. You may look at  persons smile and believe that they were blessed at birth to have such a perfect set of pearly whites yet for all you know they may be laboratory created cosmetic veneers. That is the beauty of these small tooth encasements, they can look just like real teeth and so nobody would know they are not real. On the other hand, some patients desire a more Hollywood style smile. This would be represented by a gleaming white colour and a noticeably glamorous design. Whichever you are aiming for, the designs are extremely versatile and the perfect set of veneers can be created for you.


Dental Implants Could Be Your Third Set of Teeth

Many say that dental implants are your third set of teeth. This is due to the fact that they are as strong, if not stronger than regular teeth. These are best suited for those people who have missing teeth and want a permanent fixture in its place. Dental implants are just that. They look, feel and act just like real teeth and can completely transform some of the most complicated cases.




What Are the Next Steps to a Smile Transformation?

Everyday we meet patients who know that their smile is holding them back. They come to us for help but don’t know exactly what they want. This is where our free consultations come in. You get the chance to sit down with our award winning dentists who will talk through all of the options with you. After chatting you will have a much clearer idea of which treatment is suited to you and will take you on a journey that will leave you smiling confidently.


How to Care for Your New Dental Veneers


There are many reasons that can lead a patient down the path of dental veneers. Often it’s due to some form of aesthetic ailment that displeases the patient. For example, discolouration of the tooth or perhaps imperfect alignment, or a cracked tooth. Regardless of the reason, your new veneer is not immune to damage and discolouration, and so if you want to keep your new, perfect smile for the long term then you’ll need to look after it. Here’s how…


How to Care for Your New Dental Veneers


Don’t forget to brush.

Sure, veneers are usually made from strong materials such as porcelain. This means that they cannot decay like normal teeth can. However, that does not mean you can overlook cleaning those teeth with veneers on. Why? Because underneath that veneer is still a normal tooth and that normal tooth certainly can still decay just like all of the others. Many believe that since your tooth is now covered in a porcelain armour you could avoid giving those particular teeth the attention they deserve. Before long your tooth may start to decay causing an issue with how secure the veneer is. This could lead to detachment and a very unhappy smile. The good news is that this issue is very easily avoided. Simply treat your veneer as a normal tooth. Brush it, floss it, and visit your dentist every 6 months for regular check ups.


Did someone say floss?

As mentioned in the previous paragraph, flossing is essential. So essential we felt that it deserved it’s very own section. Many people don’t bother flossing because it seems like an effort. Truly, it takes less time than brushing your teeth. You just need to make it a habit, a thing that is done every morning just like washing your face and brushing your teeth – then it won’t seem like an effort at all. The benefits of flossing far outweighs the few minutes you’ll spend doing it. Not only will a regular flossing regimen combat tooth decay, it will also help in the battle against gum disease. When you brush your teeth you miss a large area around the gum line and in between the tooth surfaces. These are the areas that build up with bacteria that can attack the tooth and gums. Subsequently, this will damage your teeth and cause havoc on your veneers. Dental floss or an inter dental brush are the perfect tool to keep those areas free from bacteria and keep your dental health up to scratch.


Teeth Aren’t Tools

Us humans have become very inventive in how we live our lives. This is mostly good but there are some downsides. For example, many of us use our teeth as tools. The various uses range from biting your finger nails to opening bottles. Sure, this may actually be quite effective but it’s not good for your teeth and certainly not the best way to look after your veneers. In some rare circumstances veneers may even become detached as a result of incessant bad habits. It is advised to stay clear from using your teeth to chew on pens and the like if you want your veneers to stand the test of time.

If you are already too far down the rabbit hole by the time regret begins to sink in then here’s what you need to do. Firstly, do not attempt to reattach the veneer yourself with some adhesive you find around the house – bad idea. You may think, ‘well duh obviously!’, yet this form of do it yourself dentistry is all far too common. Instead, keep your veneer safe and call us as soon as you can. We’ll get it back in place in no time!


More questions about cosmetic veneers? Not to worry, just give Bamboo Dental a message and we’ll gladly answer any questions that you have. Alternatively, give us a call on 029 2056 9760.


Should You Invest in Your Smile?


Everybody has priorities, it’s a perfect way to make sure your time and money are spent doing those things that are most important to you. So where does your smile sit on your list of priorities? Perhaps it’s not as high is it should be. Is now the time for you to invest in your smile?

Investing in Your Smile

The brits were once known as the nation with ‘bad teeth’. That’s not a great accolade to have but thanks to a booming dental industry, we’ve seen that turned around. It’s now hard to walk down your local high street without seeing a smile to envy. People have become more and more conscious about their teeth as they start to realise just how important they are. Studies have shown that humans acknowledge the state of a persons smile on a subconscious level. It displays a inclination of health and happiness – two things that are sought after in potential employees, friends and partners.

Now that people have started to understand the importance of brandishing a pearly white smile, they’ve sought out ways to achieve one. Through various cosmetic treatments such as; cosmetic veneers, teeth straightening and teeth whitening, more and more perfect smiles are born every day. This has risen the bar and made the average smile in the UK much more palatable than in times past.


What About Those Lagging Behind?

All of this wreaks havoc for those who are yet to invest in their smile. They may still have the same smile that they always had but comparatively their smile is now worse than ever. People will start to see bad teeth stand out more and more as they become rarer and rarer. As this starts to happen, a smile makeover is surely on it’s way up their list of priorities.


The Many Benefits of Investing in Your Smile

Your smile is not as superficial as many think. We’ve all seen the constructed reality programs such as Made in Chelsea and The Only Way is Essex. These shows frame glistening white smiles with pride as a symbol of status and very little more. Although many trends are born from shows like this, there is a lot more to be gained from improving your smile.


A Healthier You

It has been shown that if you are to have work done to your teeth you are then more likely to look after them in the future. This makes sense as you now have a smile to maintain. You are more than happy to spend those extra 5 minutes a day to brush and floss those now precious teeth. Not only this but you’ll take second thoughts about the foods that enter your mouth. You may find that those sugary treats you used to swallow like a kid on Halloween are no longer stocked in your fridge. You have a newfound pride in your smile and this passes on to the rest of your body through wiser health decisions. Sure, it would be great if we could make those decisions to begin with but life’s just not that simple. It often takes a push and a little incentive to start taking positive action to a better you.


Bring Back Your Confident Self

Sadly as people become self conscious they can lose confidence, especially when it comes to their smile. People who feel judged when they smile tend to avoid smiling altogether. Not only that, but they tend to hide from social situations that could lead to them having to display their teeth. This all increases in a huge snowball that leaves the person isolated, worried about attending social events and downright miserable. We’ve seen so many patients who decide to pull the trigger and give their smile some TLC. As they first come into the practice we’ll see how they hide their teeth as they talk. They may even struggle to make eye contact as they don’t want to draw attention to themselves. However, after finishing their treatment they are the fuel of the party. They have a new sense of self and are able to fully express themselves with complete confidence. It is almost like a magic pill that can grant the permission to be confident and live life on your terms, the way you want to.


Ready to Get Your Smile Back on Track?

If you’re serious about investing in your smile then you may already have an idea of the treatments available to you. If you’re dissatisfaction stems from discolouration then a simple visit to your dental practice for a teeth whitening treatment may be just the ticket. If on the other hand you’re in need of more extensive work then there’s nothing better than to pop in for a consultation. You’ll find that many dental practices, such as Bamboo Dental in Cardiff, will offer completely free consultations where you can discuss any issues with your dentist. They’ll be able to talk through all of the options and give you an idea of what course of treatment will give you the best results for your particular situation. And, don’t let the expensive price of many cosmetic treatments hold you back. Prices are now lower than ever as the cosmetic dental industry is innovating more and more. As a result you can get a new smile for a similar price to your mobile phone bill on an interest free monthly payment option. Wherever your priorities lie, let’s not overlook the power of the smile. It could be the thing that changes your life for the better.


Voted Best Dentist in Wales, Bamboo Dental


It’s been a fantastic 2017 for everyone involved with Bamboo Dental, based in Cardiff. We’ve affiliated with some very worthwhile charities. We’ve seen some incredible smile stories born from our dentists hard work and to top it all off we were given two awards at the Dentistry Awards 2017.


We’re Proud to Have Been Voted Best Dentist in Wales!


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Dr Dan and the team have been working incredibly hard this year to help hundreds of new patients achieve the straight teeth that would let them smile confidently amongst their loved ones. It’s a really humbling feeling when patients take the time to leave kind words and thankful reviews after receiving treatment here at Bamboo Dental in Cardiff. You can read some of what our patient’s our saying about us here.


Bamboo Dental Champions Children’s Dental Health

The recent news has been rife with reports of failing dental health awareness in children. Dr Dan and Bamboo refused to stand idly along side that and so opened up our doors for specific events aimed to encourage the education of good oral hygiene in children. But it’s not such an exciting subject to learn about so our dentists dressed up as super heroes for the sake of our future generations smiles!

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As the children entered what was previously thought of as the ‘scary’ dental practice, they were greeted by Mr Incredible and Batman amongst others. Seeing an instant evolution in facial expression on the children’s faces let us know that they were at ease and this was going to be a successful event.


Staying in character, our dentists were able to provide the children with free dental health check ups as well as giving them some helpful top tips and knowledge along the way. A fantastic event that was well received took place that day and would be the first of many more similar events to come.


Dentist in Cardiff Makes New Ties With Local Charities

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We’ve made some very worthwhile moves in the past year, affiliating with some great causes. Firstly we’ve spent time working with Tenovus Cancer Care. This Welsh charity focuses on cancer and helping those affected to pull through and move onwards as easily as can be. We’ve spent days with the charity educating at the dental practice in Cardiff as well as sponsoring some of their events such as the Ladies Lunch which focused on breast cancer awareness.

We’ve also been working with Buy One Give One, a global charity aiming to make positive impacts across the world as a collaborative effort. Bamboo Dental have pledged to give access to clean drinking water for a Malawian for an entire year whenever a patient chooses us for their treatment. We are massive advocates of this concept as it enables us to help others around the world by doing the dentistry that we work hard to perform every day.


To Round Off a Fantastic Year…

After working with all of these great people and renovating our dental practice we were awarded with the titles of Best Practice in Wales and Best Patient Care in Wales at the Dentistry Awards. We were so proud and humbled to win these awards and are grateful to all of our staff and patients for making it all possible.


We’re excited for another great year in 2018 and can’t wait to create some new smiles for our fabulous patients!